First Division - Day 1

Sevilla 0 - Celta 1

Sevilla: Notario; Redondo, Prieto (Marcos Vales 46'), Oscar, David; Casquero, Francisco (Antoñito 55'); Gallardo, Víctor Salas, Reyes; Toedtli (Moisés 35'). 4-2-3-1.
Celta: Cavallero; Velasco, Cáceres, Berizzo, Sylvinho; Vagner, Luccin; Gustavo López (Doriva 80'), Mostovoi, Juanfran (Giovanella 65'); McCarthy (Edu 75'). 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 40. Gustavo López. Won ball in area and rounded keeper to score.

Celta's new manager Miguel Angel Lotina started his new reign with a victory over Sevilla, the third such result in a row between the two teams in the Sánchez Pizjuán stadium. Lotina had stated that his objective this season was trophies rather than neat play, and this was a practical performance which presumably sets the scene for their future style of play.

Sevilla's boss Joaquín Caparros was forced to cobble together a makeshift defence due to injuries to key players, and they looked nervous and at times unprepared as the match wore on. Only Notario kept up any semblance of order, stopping Benni McCarthy when allowed through on the half hour mark. However he could do nothing a few minutes later when Gustavo López took advantage of a defensive indecision to win the ball and round the keeper to score.

Notario was forced to make two more first class saves from Cáceres and a Mostovoi free kick in the second half, and Caparrós eventually decided to change his plan, bringing on more attacking players later on. They finally did make some inroads near the end, but when Cáceres cleared off the line in the last minute from Gallardo (who almost became a Celta player this summer) their time had run out.